[105] In the next zone are the taller figures of the twelve apostles, some, such as John, Andrew and Bartholomew, clearly identifiable by the attributes that they carry. On the green is the 12th-century Old Deanery, largely rebuilt in the late 15th century by Dean Gunthorpe and remodelled by Dean Bathurst in the late 17th century. All wells cathedral artwork ships within 48 hours and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. Pure Early English Gothic of the late 12th and early 13th centuries, Wells features deeply sculpted moldings and has retained much of the original glass. [10], The first bishop of Wells was Athelm (909), who crowned King Æthelstan. Crossing the nave of the church, through the scissor arches, to the south transept, is an old baptismal font. Lincoln. [86] At the eastern end there is a proliferation of tracery with repeated motifs in the Reticulated style, a stage between Geometric and Flowing Decorated tracery. [174][175], An account of the damage to the cathedral during the Monmouth Rebellion is included in Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel "Micah Clarke". [127] The subjects, chosen either by the woodcarver, or perhaps by the one paying for the stall, have no overriding theme. From 1508 to 1546, the eminent Italian humanist scholar Polydore Vergil was active as the chapter's representative in London. There are few places in the whole of the British Isles more fascinating, ... , when the Duke of Monmouth's soldiers stabled their horses in the Cathedral Nave and would have proceeded to further enormities, but for the timely intervention of Lord Grey. [162], To the south of the cathedral is the moated Bishop's Palace, begun about 1210 by Jocelin of Wells but dating mostly from the 1230s. [159] The library is open to the public at appointed times in the summer and presents a small exhibition of documents and books. [93], At the lowest level of the façade is a plain base, contrasting with and stabilising the ornate arcades that rise above it. [26] Jocelin saw the church dedicated in 1239 but, despite much lobbying of the Pope by Jocelin's representatives in Rome, did not live to see cathedral status granted. No longer the dean's residence, it is used as diocesan offices. There are three heads: a bishop in a mitre, an angel, and a woman wearing a veil over hair arranged in coils over each ear. [56], Restoration began again under Thomas Ken who was appointed by the Crown in 1685 and served until 1691. Stiff-leaf foliage is highly abstract. The particular character of this Early English interior is dependent on the proportions of the simple lancet arches. W. A. Its broad west front and large central tower are dominant features. A staircase leads from the cathedral (right) to the chapter house and the Chain Gate which gives access to Vicars Close. The buttresses are of low profile. When he refused to surrender it, Barrett ran him through with a sword and he died six weeks later, on 10 October 1646. [159] The earlier books in the Chained Library number 2,800 volumes and give an indication of the variety of interests of the members of the cathedral chapter from the Reformation until 1800. England High Gothic c. 1220 Very detailed. The focus of the collection is predominantly theology, but there are volumes on science, medicine, exploration, and languages. ... Wells Cathedral. The triforium is separated from the arcade by a single horizontal string course that runs unbroken the length of the nave. Following the Norman Conquest the seat of the bishop moved between Wells and the abbeys of Glastonbury and Bath, eventually settling at … The stellar vault of the Lady Chapel has lierne ribs making a star within a star. Date: 9 July 2014: Source: Own work: Author: Diliff: Permission (Reusing this file) Summary: In using this image or any subsequent derivatives of it, you are required to release the image under the same license. The font in the cathedral's south transept is from this church and is the oldest part of the present building. There is a bound oak chest from the 14th century, which was used to store the chapter seal and key documents. These were "misericords" because their installation was an act of mercy. 3. Morning Prayer takes place in the Lady Chapel... Said Evening Prayer is held in the Nave ... Wells Cathedral Junior School Christmas Celebration. Cloisters have many small figurative carvings among the leaves kid gets baptized in Cathedral. Peter Stanley Lyons was Master of the west front at Wells, no longer the dean residence. Visit as tourists built, from its foundation to this point or an aspect of faith to. Strainer arches: 1338 the spirit of Wells was Walter Bagele ( or )... 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